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Brain injury books donated to library

Using a grant from the Yorkshire Building Society, Headway Bradford bought a selection of books relating to brain injury and a full set of Headway booklets.  These books have been donated to the public library to make them easily accessible and more widely available.  Anyone who has a library card can borrow them if they wish to do so.  If you do not have a library card and would like one, please just ask at any library.  The books are housed at City Library in Centenary Square, Bradford, but can be transferred to other libraries in the area by request – you would just need to tell your library the title of the book (see list and summaries below).

Before handing the books over to the library, a label was placed on the inside front cover of each one saying that it had been donated by Headway Bradford and giving our contact details for anyone who may wish to get in touch with us.  This provides another avenue through which we can try to support people whose lives have been affected by brain injury.

The first photo shows three members of staff from the Yorkshire Building Society (back row, standing) and committee members (seated) with the books on display.  The second photo is of Pam Drake (Chair), Steve Butlin (Vice Chair), Pete Walker (Bradford Libraries Development Officer) and David Drake (Headway Bradford member) outside the library Servicing Department delivering the three boxes of books and booklets.

Book List

Denise to run London Marathon Sunday 24 April 2016

Denise Johnson, member and volunteer at Headway Bradford, is running the London Marathon on Sunday 24 April 2016 to raise funds for our branch.  This is the second time Denise is running for our branch – in October 2014 she raised £700 when she ran the Yorkshire Marathon.  To read Denise’ story and/or make a donation, please visit  All donations will be very much appreciated and will be a big encouragement for both Denise and Headway Bradford.


Thank you, Denise, for doing this for Headway Bradford – it is greatly appreciated.  All the best for the day!

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Headway Bradford Video

We’ve had a video made about Headway Bradford by Jenny Eells of BBC Radio Leeds as part of their ‘My Bradford’ project. Huge thanks to Jenny for working with us in such a professional yet informal way to produce such an excellent result. Just click the video to start it playing.

NEW Coffee Morning in Keighley

We are launching a new coffee group in Keighley.Drop by and join us for a drink, a chat, information or to meet new friends.
Venue is on the ground floor and is fully accessible.

Wednesday 6 May 2015, 10.30am – 12pm
at Central Cafe, Central Hall, Alice Street, Keighley, BD21 3JD

Keighley Coffee Morning Poster

Headway Bradford member raises nearly £700 for our branch

Headway Bradford member, Denise Johnson, achieved a wonderful result when she ran the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon on Sunday 12 October 2014.  Not only did she complete the race in 3 hrs 52 mins, she also raised £688.07 for Headway Bradford, far exceeding her target of £500.

As Sunday 12 October was a foggy morning, there was some uncertainty as to whether the race would start on time at 9.30am.  However, when the time came, Denise set off on the 26.2 mile course wearing her bright yellow Headway vest and got lots of support for Headway as she passed through the villages.  The fog cleared and Denise kept going in spite of having a hamstring problem and received her medal as soon as she crossed the finishing line.

Denise’s JustGiving Page closed at the beginning of this year, so our monthly Coffee Morning on Thursday 15 January at the St George’s Hall cafe in Bradford provided a good opportunity for Denise to present the cheque to us and for us to present Denise with a Certificate of Appreciation.

Our congratulations go to Denise on completing the marathon and supporting Headway Bradford in such a marvellous way.  Our thanks also go to all the people who donated generously to make the amount raised spectacular.

Denise was one of the 7,000 runners, both amateur and professional, who had snapped up places within hours of them being made available.  For Denise, it was the first marathon she had run for 5 years – it gave her something to train for and aim at achieving for herself after having had a very difficult 14 months following her husband Don’s brain injury on 15 July 2013 – and Don did all the training for this marathon with Denise!

Don suffered his brain injury (frontal lobe damage) whilst working abroad, but Denise brought him back to England in a wheelchair on 22 August 2013, where he was in a Bradford hospital for three weeks.  Because of his aggression and trying to escape at every opportunity he had, Don was transferred to Daniel Yorath House (rehabilitation centre owned by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust).  The one thing he kept asking to do was to go out for a run.  This was not an option at that time, but staff did take him out for walks.  At the end of September, it was agreed that Denise could run with Don on a disused railway line for approximately 2.5 miles about four times a week.  This calmed Don down and gave him something to focus on.  The staff at Daniel Yorath House could not believe the difference being able to go on runs made to him.

On 22 October 2013, while on weekend leave, Don ran his first park run (5K) in Bradford and all their fellow members from their local running club came and ran round with him – he did not walk once but completed the distance in 29 minutes.  By Christmas Don had run his first 10K run, completing it in 48 minutes.  Don came home for Daniel Yorath House on 5 March 2014, and in June Denise and Don started to train for the Yorkshire Marathon.  Starting with 9 mile runs, they gradually built up to 15 mile runs together.  Denise then went on to do some 20 mile runs on her own.

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon is staged by Marathon Yorkshire Ltd, a sister company to Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All.  Along with other events, the marathon stands as part of a lasting legacy of the late fundraiser and campaigner, Jane Tomlinson from Leeds, who raised almost £2m for charity by tackling a series of epic challenges, including cycling over 4,000 miles across America, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.

Our photos show:-

1.    Photo of Denise crossing the finishing line.

2.    Don and Denise with John Watmough.

3.    Steve Butlin, Vice Chair of Headway Bradford, with Denise and John Watmough.

4.      Pam Drake, Secretary of Headway Bradford, with Denise and John Watmough.

New Booklet: After brain injury – An information resource for families and carers

For a long time now, Headway Bradford has wanted to provide a source of information for families and carers of people who are in hospital in Bradford following a brain injury as way of supporting them at a difficult time. For this purpose we have been adapting a booklet produced by King’s College Hospital, London and Headway UK to make it suitable for use in Bradford.

Laura Morton, Occupational Therapist with the Bradford NHS Community Head Injury Rehabilitation Team, and Pam Drake, Secretary of Headway Bradford, have been supported in working on the booklet by Richard Morris of the Communications Team at Headway UK. There has also been input from other members of the Bradford Head Injury Team team and therapists from Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) and Airedale Hospital.

Although the booklet is specifically for people who live in Bradford, it does contain some information relating to Leeds General Infirmary and Airedale Hospital because Bradford residents may have been to, or, have to go to, one of these hospitals for surgery or treatment.

The booklet is divided into sections covering the different stages from admission to hospital through to discharge. It has a section on ‘Becoming a carer’ and a section giving ‘Sources of support’. There is also a glossary which explains a lot of common terms used in hospitals.

We plan to ‘launch’ the booklet by having copies available at our two Carers Events on Monday 22 September and Monday 29 September. Following this we will make the booklet available at our other meetings for members to look through. Copies will be distributed to Bradford hospitals, LGI and Airedale Hospital as soon as possible.

Headway Bradford receives £1000 from the Yorkshire Building Society

At the beginning of our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 11 March 2014, we were presented with a cheque of £1000 from the Yorkshire Building Society.  We are very grateful indeed to YBS for this grant, which will go a long way in helping us to support those whose lives have been affected by brain injury.  It was a very encouraging start to our AGM.  The photos show our Chair, John Watmough, receiving the cheque from Hannah, a member of staff at the YBS.

Headway Bradford receive YBS cheque

New website

We are very pleased to have our new website up and running. Do have a browse around to find out more about who we are, what we do and how you can get involved.